During Sundance -- the big-cheese film festival held every January in Park City, Utah -- the little town's hotel rooms are booked full, and its streets and theaters are claustrophobic with Hollywood crowds. But the ski hills at its in-town resorts -- Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons -- are almost empty.
Personally, we've never been to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. We've been to Robert Redford's Sundance Resort and bombed some runs in a manner worthy of a ski film and eaten some of the finest food in ski country at the Tree Room. But the film festival? Nope. We always thought the on-slope crush of stargazers would be too much for us.
With the down economy, there are fewer major terrain expansions and new lifts being installed nationwide as most ski resorts focus on their core services, such as customer care and snow quality. Here are resort-by-resort improvements for next season compiled by Ski Utah.